Getting Old are excerpts from Rudolf Steiner’s Complete Works (CW) provides a penetrating look at many rarely noticed inner and outer aspects of the aging process. Gisela Gaumnitz has searched far and wide in an effort to gather all of Steiner’s comments on this subject, and has organized them in accordance with meaningful thematic perspectives. Some 220 selections concerning old age, aging, the human and cosmic course of life, and the transformation of impressions from youth, are brought together here from over 100 volumes of Rudolf’s Steiner’s lectures. Aging affects us all. The fact that nearly every third volume of Rudolf Steiner’s complete works includes comments on aging shows how important he considered the topic. This volume will serve as a basis for a thorough exploration of life’s deep questions as well as a resource for studying numerous specific aspects of aging.
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.